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Levon Helm

On April 27, 2012 — the day of Levon Helm’s funeral — Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe ordered that all flags in the state be…

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C is for Cookie

In September, 2013, Collin Ebbrecht was turning two. His mother, Amber, was looking for something extraordinary to put in the gift bags she planned…

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Tarnished Charm

Not so long ago, Ivy Hagedorn was a retail manager for a Cracker Barrel in Kingman, Arizona. It was a job she enjoyed, and…

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The World’s Greatest Love Story

Eighteen-year-old Dorwin Shaddox bought another Heath bar. He’d gotten one earlier, but gave it to a friend, so he’d have an excuse to go…

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DoGooder: Steph Gibson

On January 28, 2014, Steph Gibson turned forty. Several things happened in the weeks leading up to her big day. She’d been on Pinterest,…

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Go Green, Eat the Bean

Everyone knows that oranges come from Florida, and apples from Washington. But here’s a question: Where does the vegetable edamame (pronounced e-də-’mä-mā) come from?…

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Then There Was Arkansas

Twenty-five years is a long time to teach band in one place. But that’s what Steve Baskin did, in Huntsville, Arkansas, where legions of…

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Big Burly Bearded Guys

Scott Hutcheson sits in a coffee shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas, his MacBook, covered in stickers, open in front of him. He is a big,…

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Janet’s Bizarre Bazaar

Jennifer Canada is forty years old and lives in Fort Smith in a house that used to belong to her late mother, Janet. The…